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The best cell phones for gaming excel in their processing power and display quality, and implement the best platforms for gaming.

The best gaming smartphones for 2016 require a minimum of 5 inch display size and high definition screen resolution of 720x1280 to match the vibrant picture quality of present-day video games. In addition, most of higher end games today are pretty demanding and require at least a quad core, 1GHz processor along with 1 GB RAM. However, the top end models for gaming for 2016 would easily surpass these specs with octa-core configurations at near 2GHz speeds and super 2GB RAM sizes.

Furthermore, the operating system you choose is perhaps the most crucial element of consideration and currently gaming studios are focusing mainly on developing for Android and iOS. Consequently our list of best cellphones for gaming comprises Android and Apple devices with powerful processors and dynamic screens for the ultimate mobile gaming experience.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7


Samsung Galaxy S7: We looked at around 18 expert reviews for Samsung Galaxy S7 from sites like TechRadar.com, TrustedReviews.com and PCAdvisor.co.uk based on which Samsung Galaxy S7 was ranked as the #1 top cell phone for gaming.

Comparison of the Top 5 Cell Phones For Gaming - 2016

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Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Huawei Nexus 6P
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Huawei Nexus 6P
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.1 inch
5.5 inch
5.3 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
Processor Type
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, 2.15GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.3 MP
12.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
3.0 GB
2.0 GB
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
Battery Capacity
3000.0 mAh
3600.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0, Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0.1
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint

It takes the best bits from the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6, and blends them together into a quite brilliant smartphone.

It's pricier than other good phones.

excellent smartphone

The Nexus 6P is one of the best Android phones you can buy right now, given its top-of-the-line specs for a more affordable price.

iPhone 6S Plus is a lovely smartphone, but it's also a big and heavy one.